Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Trail

MODERATE 222 reviews

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Trail is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Dallas, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 344 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

Very nice trails in a well wooded area. Very easy to get lost, though, so make sure to stay on the trail. Be aware that trails cross each other. Only way to get out of the park is near the entrance.

hiking
5 days ago

Great trails, though no restrooms. Will definitely go hiking again in the near future.

Great 7+ miles of hiking. Mostly shaded, little traffic during the day but busy morning and evening! Definitely worth checking it out.

hiking
18 days ago

My dog and I love walking the trails, especially since there's different routes you can take depending on how difficult you want it to be. It's usually pretty empty except for the occasional hiker or biker, but the isolation is kinda peaceful, you can really take in the nature. Although I love this park, it could use some better markings for trails, it's quite easy to take the wrong trail and get lost if your not familiar with the area. another thing it needs would be trash cans, I've seen parts of the woods just filled with junk that shouldn't be there and really ruins the scenery. Also, bring lots of water and a full charged phone since it is easy to get lost and there's no water station nor a phone charger available throughout the whole trail.

hiking
20 days ago

The trails are not well marked and easy to get lost on. There are more people on bikes than on foot which makes it challenging to hike with a dog. I do love the bridges and thick forest, lots of shade and pretty scenery. Trail maps and signs had bullet holes and graffiti, the surrounding neighborhood isn't great, but the park feels safe enough.

hiking
1 month ago

I would probably rate this higher if we started our hike earlier when it wasn’t so hot. There are many spots on the trail that aren’t shaded so it can get uncomfortable. The trail markings weren’t very clear and it seems this is trail is catered more to mountain bikers than hikers, though bikers are courteous of bikers on the trail. It’s unfortunate people leave their trash behind, the park should provide trash bins throughout the park. I like that it wasn’t very busy. If you bring your dog, there aren’t many accessible watering holes for them so I would advise to bring water for your pets!

hiking
1 month ago

Trails wind together like Okabe in season 2 of Steins Gate. Lots bridges, not much elevation and lots of shade so it’s chill and leisurely.

mountain biking
1 month ago

trails are not marked well. no restrooms on site and trash all over.

mountain biking
1 month ago

For now the trail is better marked than I have seen in five years.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is really pretty. There are wildflowers everywhere and shaded wood areas. The reason why I gave it less than 5 stars was because it was littered with trash like blunt wraps and plastic bags and there were random shopping carts sitting around. It was dirty and graffiti was on the signs which is a shame. Maybe from the homeless in the area. The surrounding area is pretty low income/ghetto. Which makes it feel a little dangerous because there are holes in the fence where teenagers and/homeless people ‘hang out’.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

There are a lot of off-shoots, being a biking trail, so found myself backtracking/overlapping certain trails. But was fun regardless... still a little muddy from recent rain but not bad.

great trail

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

mountain biking
muddy
5 months ago

you can easily get lost as trails are not marked. otherwise ok, not great, some trash sights along the way.

Lots of various trails, not clearly marked, easy to get lost so have a map or compass, but the terrain is good.

hiking
9 months ago

Close to Dallas, which is good. Not terribly exciting and lots of urban noise. Still, it’s a hike! A fair amount of trash along both trails we hiked.

9 months ago

It’s flat, boring, the trails aren’t well marked, and there’s quite a bit of trash. If you’re just looking for a place to walk your dog that isn’t the sidewalk on the side of a main road it’s fine.

hiking
9 months ago

It was okay. Accustomed to Arkansas trails so not accustomed to seeing trash on trail, and a weird voodoo looking area with license plates nailed to trees and a pink Christmas tree with a couple of chairs. Was possibly a homeless camp. just weird feeling.

11 months ago

Trails are really confusing and not marked. More markers would make this a great trail. I could care less where it’s located or next door to.

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

To all you hikers that keep complaining, take a minute to think who maintains the trail.. (DORBA). (YES, IT COSTS BOTH MONEY TO BUY TOOLS AND LOTS OF VOLUNTEER HOURS TO KEEP THE TRAILS TIDY) Then take another minute to figure out what does that mean. Hikers are more than welcome. but please no matter the park you go to. always stop at the trailhead and READ THE RULES!!! most trails will ask hikers to go in the oposite direction so you can spot bikers from a distance and move aside. thank you all for understanding. have a great day!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

favorite trail

hiking
Monday, July 16, 2018

Easy to get lost, poorly marked. That is part of the fun though! Have gps or a compass and it’s a blast exploring all the fun trails. Mild elevation changes throughout. Incredible scenery! Very fun experience and I look forward to learning more of these trails.

hiking
Thursday, July 05, 2018

Lots of pretty nature to see. High traffic on the morning of 4th of July. Some exposed areas out of the shade, so bring a hat and lots of water if going the summer. Trails are marked with various types of signs and some of them contradictory to others, so it's a little confusing. Also had a ton of cut throughs that make staying on the trails challenging, and again make it easy to get lost. If I'd taken my bike, I'd be annoyed with the amount of foot traffic. Still, it's beautiful.

hiking
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Overall, the nature preserve is nice, with many different path options to manage how far you want to go. Relatively well kept, but I did see a little trash along the trail. My biggest issue is that the trail is poorly marked. Easy to get lost with lots of random offshoots to confuse just about everyone on the trail. My second issue, which might be more of a preference, is that over half the trail is not shaded. If it’s summer in dallas, you will need to bring plenty of water for you and your dog.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

always a nice little escape. Use your GPs though it's easy to get lost.

hiking
Thursday, June 21, 2018

A surprisingly lovely hidden gem. Parts were a bit littered when I went. Navigation can be tricky, just pay close attention and have a GPS app. Lots of shade.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Beautiful place relax paths.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Very fun hike, had decent shade for most of the time. Had more wildlife than I had expected.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Loved the trail! Great hills and rocks with flat open areas too. Most of the wood bridges and cross overs spots are in need of repair. It hasn’t been well maintained but the trees and location are nice.

hiking
Friday, March 23, 2018

Oh gosh was I happy for the GPS map! So many cut throughs look like parts of the trail that we ended up back at the parking lot before I decided to use the map. Over all a nice path for the kids to run down without too much worry.

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